Diego Jeria

Catholic University

The end of an era is approaching: José Pedro Fuenzalida announced that he will retire from football in December. El Chapa, two-time champion of the Americas with the Chilean national team, ends his contract with UC and at 37 years of age, he considers it necessary to say goodbye.

Chapa Fuenzalida warns that he has little left and retires at the end of the year.
© ONE AgencyChapa Fuenzalida warns that he has little left and retires at the end of the year.

José Pedro Fuenzalida ends his contract with Universidad Católica in December and the versatile captain of La Franja is already thinking about hanging up his boots. At 37 years old, Chapa announced that these will be the last months before his retirement as a professional soccer player.

“I have little left, probably this year will be the last. At UC I completed a stage for all the years I’ve been, for the responsibility I’ve assumed and for what I want the club to be: to keep growing, winning things,” Fuenzalida told El Mercurio.

The captain of Universidad Católica added that now “it is a nice stage to close these seven years that I have spent since I last arrived. It may be the last.”

Regarding his decision practically made, Chapa Fuenzalida maintains that “it is a natural process. We have had years of great demand, of self-demand, of wanting to win, always being champions, of never letting up”.

The former Chilean national team states that “there are times when one loses that energy due to the natural wear and tear of the years and it can no longer be contagious as I always did and as I have always wanted to do. I also have four children, they are growing, and I want to spend more time with them”.

Fuenzalida debuted at Universidad Católica in 2004, later wearing the shirts of Colo Colo, O’Higgins and Boca Juniors. With the Chilean team he was champion of Copa América 2015 and 2016.

With the Católica, Chapa has won seven First Division titles and four Chilean Super Cups. He also won a national trophy with Colo Colo and another with Boca Juniors, as well as an Argentine Cup.

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